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FLORENCE. Buy these 5 items as a set for $84 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings

ITL47
R.W.B. Lewis
Henry Holt and Company
1996
350
0805046305
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.
$22.99

Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio

ITL52
Bertrand Jestaz
Thames & Hudson UK
1997
160
0810928140
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings.
$15.95

The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall

ITL135
Christopher Hibbert
Quill
1982
364
0688053394
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
$16.99

Eyewitness Guide Florence & Tuscany

ITL46
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
328
146545733X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Superbly illustrated, this compact guide shows the neighborhoods, museums, shops and sites of Florence and surroundings in full color.
$25.00

Florence Map

ITL59
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866093608
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, plastic-covered city map of Florence at a scale of 1:7,000.
$9.95

Blue Guide Florence

ITL137
Alta MacAdam
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
408
1905131755
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Florence, heavily focused on art and architecture. This edition also includes practical information on hotels, restaurants and shops. Tenth Edition
$24.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Florence & Tuscany

ITA19
Reid Bramblett
DK Publishing
2016
192
146544582X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Florence and the surrounding area.
$14.00

Eyewitness Travel Phrase Book Italian

ITA694
DK Publishing
DK Publishing
2017
224
1465462805
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This attractive, illustrated phrasebook includes all the essentials for travelers to Italy, such as everyday phrases and instructions on how to order food, ask for the time and more. A handy, pocket-sized reference, it also includes a dictionary and pronu
$7.95

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

ITL531
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
272
1786574500
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Florentine, The True Cuisine of Florence

ITA585
Emiko Davies
Chronicle Books
2016
256
1743790031
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Through 70 traditional recipes and evocative photographs, this cookbook is a lush tribute to the cuisine and history of Tuscany’s capital. Emiko Davies shares the gastronomic heritage of Florence and tells its story, dish by dish.
$40.00

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

ITL718
Beppe Severgnini
Broadway Books
2007
288
0767914406
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
$15.00

The Italians

ITA528
John Hooper
Penguin Putnam
2016
336
014312840X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
$17.00

The Medici, Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

ITA584
Paul Strathern
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
464
1681774089
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This dramatic history traces the rise of the Medici family from their modest origins in Florence to their place as one of Europe’s most powerful dynastic families. A remarkable tale of power, money and ambition set against the backdrop of the Renaissance.
$16.95

The Renaissance, A Short History

ITL774
Paul Johnson
Modern Library
2002
208
0812966198
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
$17.00

Brunelleschi's Dome

ITL410
Ross King
Bloomsbury USA
2013
192
1620401932
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
$16.00

Da Vinci's Ghost, Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

ITA346
Toby Lester
Free Press
2012
275
1439189242
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Lester takes on the genesis of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man as his point of departure for this exhilarating meditation on da Vinci and his time.
$17.00

Florence, The Paintings and Frescoes

ITA556
Anja Grebe, Ross King
Aa Balkema
2015
704
1631910019
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This photographic journey through the world of Italian frescoes reproduces more than 2,000 artworks from 28 of Florence’s magnificent churches and galleries, including the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia, and the Duomo.
$75.00

Renaissance Florence, The Invention of a New Art

ITL50
A. Richard Turner
Prentice Hall
2005
176
0131938339
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A cultural and social history of the city focusing on the great art and famous monuments, featuring vivid color pictures and illustrations.
$55.40

The Art of the Renaissance

ITL14
Peter Murray
Thames & Hudson
1992
286
0500200084
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
$18.95

The History of Florence in Painting

ITA406
Antonella Fenech Kroke
Abbeville Publishing Group
2013
496
0789211459
BOXED
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Sumptuously produced, this oversized collection, chosen by a Renaissance art historian, is a feast for the intellect and the eye. With 342 full-color illustrations.
$235.00

Catherine De Medici, Renaissance Queen of France

FRN875
Leonie Frieda
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
440
0060744936
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Frieda reclaims the story of this much maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds in this vivid, meticulously researched portrait of the woman and Renaissance Europe.
$16.99

La Bella Lingua

ITA26
Dianne Hales
Broadway Books
2010
336
0767927702
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.
$15.00

The Black Prince of Florence

ITA666
Catherine Fletcher
Oxford University Press
2016
336
019061272X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The bastard son of Lorenzo de’ Medici and a dark-skinned maid, Alessandro ruled Florence from 1531 to 1537. Assuming the title at age 19, the womanizer Alessandro navigated the treacherous waters of Italian politics, contending with power-hungry cardinals, popes and princes until his assassination at age 26.
$29.95

The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty

ITA701
Mary Hollingsworth
Pegasus
2018
528
1681776480
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
3/6/2018
0
0
0
0
Hollingsworth's revelatory re-telling of the story of the family Medici brings a fresh and exhilarating new perspective to the story behind the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance.
$29.99

A Room with a View

ITL142
E.M. Forster
Vintage Books
1989
248
0679724761
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
E.M. Forster's classic tale of love among the middle classes, set largely in Florence.
$11.00

The Agony and the Ecstasy, A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

ITL150
Irving Stone
Signet
2004
776
0451213238
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An overheated, page-turning fictionalized account of the life of master painter and sculptor Michelangelo -- and a good introduction to Renaissance Florence and Rome.
$18.00

The Birth of Venus, A Novel

ITL532
Sarah Dunant
Random House
2004
397
0812968972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola.
$17.00

The Italian Renaissance Reader

ITL218
Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Editor), Mark Musa (Editor)
New American Library
1987
0452010136
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Introducing artists and thinkers of the Renaissance, this collection includes selections by Francesca Petrarca, Giovanni Boccacio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Benvenuto Cellini.
$18.00

Toscanelli's Ray

ITA444
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Perseus
2013
333
0932274749
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Wilde-Menozzi’s critically acclaimed novel explores traditional themes of expatriation, immigration and evil within the microcosm of late-20th century Florence and within the span of 15 hours.
$16.95

For Kids

Starry Messenger, Galileo Galilei

ITL331
Peter Sis
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2000
40
0374470278
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A beautifully illustrated homage to Galileo for children ages 6 to 8. In simple prose, Sis chronicles Galileo's life and evokes the Renaissance world. It's a memorable introduction to science and Italy.
$8.99

The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza

ITL438
Carol Weston
2001
144
0440416671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Ten-year-old Melanie tells all about her family's summer trip to Italy, writing it all down in her dear diary. A hit on the middle-school market, it packs in a lot of cultural information while being very of-the-moment. Ages 8-10.
$6.99

Kids Italian Picture Dictionary

ITL449
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2004
128
0781807719
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
1,000 words central to a child's everyday life -- animals, flowers, people, colors, numbers and activities -- teach even the youngest readers Italian. Each word is illustrated and accompanied by a phonetic transcription and phrase.
$12.95

Leonardo Da Vinci

ITL705
Kathleen Krull
Puffin
2008
124
067005920X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Beginning with a vivid description of superstition and squalor in the Middle Ages, Krull sets Da Vinci's extraordinary life in the context of his extraordinary time. A volume in the Giants of Science series, geared for grades 4-8.
$7.99

Learn Italian Together

ITL761
Living Language
Living Language
2006
1400023017
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
These multimedia boxed sets feature CDs, games, stickers and adorable illustrations to help kids and parents pick up a new language together.
$22.95

The Smile

ITA42
Donna Jo Napoli
Dutton Inc.
2009
272
0142414921
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A fanciful tale of romance for young adults, rich in details of Renaissance Florence and the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medicis.
$7.99

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes

ITA717
Phaidon Press
Phaidon Press
2009
99
0714857564
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions show children how to cook a variety of Italian dishes.
$19.95

More Books

The Stones of Florence

ITL15
Mary McCarthy
Harcourt Books
1989
230
0156027631
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The classic history of the art, architecture and culture of Florence. Novelist McCarthy takes us on a quick and vivid tour of the history of the Medicis and the city of Florence, focusing on Renaissance art.
$14.95

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

ITL62
D.H. Lawrence
Penguin
2008
495
0141441550
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.
$20.00

Lonely Planet Florence and Tuscany

ITL233
Damien Simonis
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
352
1743216831
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide features vital travel information and advice, colorful maps and photos and mini-guides to many Tuscan towns, including Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Chianti.
$24.99

A Traveller's Companion to Florence

ITL485
Edward Chaney (Editor), Harold Acton (Editor)
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
336
1566564662
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This illuminating guide brings Florence to life through the letters, diaries and memoirs of travelers and Florentines from past centuries. The selections, from Boccaccio to D.H. Lawrence, are as rich as the city itself.
$16.95

Timeless Cities, An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy

ITL589
David Mayernik
Perseus
2005
274
0813342988
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
In this thoughtful book, Mayernik shows the philosophical and religious meaning behind the planning and architecture of Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena and Pienza.
$18.95

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence

ITL605
Tim Parks
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
273
0393328457
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Parks vividly evokes Renaissance Florence in this lively history of the rich and powerful.
$16.95

The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales

ITL628
Elizabeth Spencer
University Press of Mississippi
1996
304
0878058370
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Spencer, a southerner like her characters Margaret and Clara, writes eloquently of the transformation of a mother and daughter by Florence.
$22.00

Death of an Englishman

ITL639
Magdalen Nabb
Soho Press
2013
272
1569472548
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The debut of Nabb's highly readable, atmospheric Marshal Guarnaccia series, set in Florence on Christmas Eve.
$9.99

Leonardo da Vinci

ITL684
Sherwin B. Nuland
Viking
2004
170
014303510X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this compact book in the excellent Penguin Lives series, Nuland summarizes the achievements and obsessions of the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci.
$15.00

Sixteen Pleasures

ITL699
Robert Hellenga
Dell
1995
369
0385314698
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A compelling novel about a young woman who went to Florence to save books after the devastating flood of 1966.
$17.00

Fodor's Florence & Tuscany. With Assisi & the Best of Umbria

ITL836
Fodors
Fodor's
2017
404
0147546605
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide in the Fodor's Gold series features helpful information on sights, excursions, restaurants, hotels and nightlife.
$19.99

The Food Lover's Guide to Florence, With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany

ITL841
Emily Wise Miller
Ten Speed Press
2007
219
1580088252
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Miller polled neighbors, friends, cooks and ordinary folk for this delectable guide to 125 eateries, organized by neighborhood.
$14.99

The Enchantress of Florence

ITL948
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2009
368
0679640517
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rushdie conjures life in Renaissance Florence and the Mughal Empire with humor and vivid detail in this bawdy, improbable tale.
$17.00

Italy Adventure Map

ITA220
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2012
1
156695536X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A shaded, color map of Italy, at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
$12.95

Pocket Rough Guide Florence

ITA404
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2016
168
0241238552
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Neither too big nor too slight, these handy guides include just the right amount of information on neighborhoods, shops, hotels, restaruants and sites (or should we say sights?) for a short visit. Well-organized and with an excellent pullout map.
$12.99

Death and the Olive Grove, An Inspector Bordelli Mystery

ITA442
Marco Vichi
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
272
160598583X
HARD COVER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The second book in the Inspector Bordelli series finds the melancholic and flawed hero investigating a series of murders in the Italian countryside near Florence. The killer’s signature: a horrible bite mark on the victim’s belly.
$25.00

Death in August

ITA443
Marco Vichi
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
324
1605984477
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
First in the Bordelli mystery series. It’s 1963 and in the brutal heat of Florence, Inspector Bordelli begins investigating a terrible murder. When everyone involved seems to have an air-tight alibi, the lovelorn hero must face a sea of troubles.
$14.95

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces

ITA454
Miles J. Unger
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
448
1451678789
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This highly readable biography of Michelangelo will delight the traveler with its accessible explanations of six of the artist's well-known masterpieces, such as the Pieta, David, the Sistine Chapel fresco and St. Peter's Basilica.
$17.00

Secret Florence

ITA465
Niccolo Rinaldi
National Book Network
2017
320
2361951746
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Highlighting the most strange, fascinating and esoteric sights of any destination, Secret guides are compiled by locals and organized by neighborhood.
$19.95

Frommer's 2015 Easyguide to Florence, Tuscany and Umbria

ITA473
Stephen Brewer
Frommer's
2014
256
1628871121
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$12.95

Wallpaper City Guide Florence

ITA477
Ella Marshall
Phaidon Press
2014
104
071486661X
PAPER
Guidebook
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany

ITA491
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
724
1631216651
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable, practical guide in the growing series by travel guru Rick Steves. Complete with neighborhood overviews, recommended walking tours, sights, food and accommodations.
$21.99

Florence Crumpled City Map

ITA518
Palomar
Crumpled City Maps
2011
1
8897487084
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Crumpled City maps are soft, yet hard-wearing, waterproof and meant to be creased and crumpled. You can place the area that you're interested in on the palm of your hand to spot street names then just screw it up, stuff it back into its case or your pocket.
$16.95

Death in Florence, An Inspector Bordelli Mystery

ITA552
Marco Vichi
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
400
1605989290
HARD COVER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In this fourth installment in the Inspector Bordelli series, the detective embarks on a desperate search for a missing boy (with reasons to fear the worst has happened). The awful twist: it’s a rainy autumn day in 1966 when the boy vanishes and soon the River Arno breaks its banks and sweeps into Florence.
$25.95

Death in Florence, The Medici, Savonorola and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City

ITA563
Paul Strathern
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
464
1681772302
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this weighty popular history, Strathern focuses on city father Lorenzo de Medici and his "bete noir," the influential monk Savonarola. As de Medici’s progressive humanist spirit clashes with Savonarola’s Old Testament fury, the battle for the Renaissance is waged.
$17.95

Rick Steves' Pocket Florence

ITA570
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
200
1631213091
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Rick Steves' compact, easy-to-use guide designed for a brief stay in Florence. Featuring neighborhood overviews, city walks, sights, handy restaurant and hotel recommendations and a fold-out city map.
$13.99

Looking at Painting in Florence 13th-16th Centuries, A Learner's Handbook

ITA575
Richard Peterson
Casemat
2014
238
8859613272
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated, chronological handbook to Florentine Renaissance art details technical aspects, provides historical background and shows visitors where to look for remarkable pieces. A handy overview for veterans and newcomers alike.
$39.00

Moon Rome, Florence & Venice

ITA663
Alexei J. Cohen
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
384
1631213318
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout some of Italy's best cities.
$21.99

Lonely Planet Florence City Map

ITA671
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1
1786575035
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Lonely Planet's attractive map of Florence is scaled so that one inch equals 0.1 miles and features sights and a helpful inset of the transit system. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket.
$7.99

The Scribe of Siena

ITA692
Melodie Winawer
Touchstone
2017
464
1501152254
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A historical novel, peppered with romance and time travel, follows a 21st century woman’s journey to 1347’s Siena, where she uncovers a plot to destroy the town and falls in love with a local man named Gabriele and the town itself.
$26.99